Dear The Real Singapore, I caught a man urinating at the void deck of block 700A Ang Mo Kio Central 1 at 7:05am yesterday (June 6). He have a very strong China accent so I assume he is from China. The toilets are only two minutes at McDonalds and S11 kopitiam, and Ang Mo Kio hub is just nearby.
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Based on many reliable estimates, the number of people who attended the event exceeded 5,000. Arguably the PWP controversy cut through the entire cross-section of the population and found significant spontaneous response from people of all walks both young and old. The upcoming CPF HLP protest seems equally broad based in terms of impact on the people concerned. Potentially, any citizen is affected and not just the working adults but students and retirees alike. How would the likely turnout at this upcoming CPF HLP protest be and what would be its significance?
As a mature masters student one of the top aussie university, I was appalled by the behaviour of some PRC course mates. Not all of course but the few who have really embarrassed their fellow countrymen and as well the school for accepting them. For the record, my best friends here are PRCs. Even they told me these so called “富二代” (rich 2nd generation) are a big disgrace. In my course, 90% are PRCs and all of them are 24 years old and below. It is understandable that some may not be mature enough, mindset wise. I was no different when I was 24 but not to this extent:
The claim that homosexual men share a “gay gene” created a furor in the 1990s. But new research two decades on supports this claim – and adds another candidate gene. To an evolutionary geneticist, the idea that a person’s genetic makeup affects their mating preference is unsurprising. We see it in the animal world all the time. There are probably many genes that affect human sexual orientation.
China used the 70th anniversary of World War Two’s D-Day landings on Friday to praise Germany for its contrition over its wartime past and slam Japan for what Beijing views as Tokyo’s continued denial of its brutal history. China has increasingly contrasted Germany and its public remorse for the Nazi regime to Japan, where repeated official apologies for wartime suffering are sometimes undercut by contradictory comments by conservative politicians.
Singaporeans have been brought up to be law abiding citizens. Hence it’s unsurprising that Singaporeans are afraid of speaking up out of fear of being arrested and invited to “lim kopi”. One question people always ask when being invited to a protest is “is it legal?”. This is a reasonable clarification as protests have generally been associated with riots, anarchy and turmoil. The June 7th rally will be peaceful, as every event in Hong Lim Park has always been. Protests held there are legal. A permit has been obtained from NParks and the organizers are good to go. Rest assured, there is absolutely no danger in showing up. Over 5000 people attended the first Population White Paper protest. Have they been arrested?
Ten reasons why Singaporeans are protesting more regularly now: 1. Government does not listen - our government does not seem to listen these days and waste alot of time and energy on useless National Conversation which does not yield much result. The people want to see real tangible changes not just rhetoria and bite-size implementation. 2. People's power - the people know that a massive show of unity and people's power are more impactful than regular incessant dissent made online. Policy makers are known to amend unpopular policies when there is a good crowd protesting publicly as the news will travel widely via social media and even international news.
Reform Party believes that the current CPF system needs radical change. Its original purpose was to create a pool of forced savings needed to finance investment in industrialisation during the early stages of economic growth. Today Singapore has one of the highest GDPs per capita in the world (though its performance is much less impressive when measured in GDP per hour worked). According to the PAP government’s figures, it has huge external assets of over $800 billion and net assets (after CPF liabilities) of roughly $360 billion. This represents accumulated net assets of over $110,000 per citizen over and above what every Singaporean has in his or her CPF account.
Indeed what has been observed as “bullying political culture” is clearly an instant of “hit the nail on the head”, with reference to the defamation lawsuit between a blogger, Roy and PM Lee Hsien Loong. The “high handed” tactics against political opponents or anyone who so-called speak against the ruling party, PAP, has gained international attention as we saw PM Lee in the speed of a lightning hailed a lawyer to issue a letter of demand on the Roy, demanding apology and removal of blog postings, and subsequently served him a writ of summon, much angered by the “derisory” amount offered to him for damages to his reputation.